Dog security in backyards

With an increase in 'Dog at large' reports to the City, it's really important for pet owners to ensure their backyards are 'dog secure'. 

Each year we report on a significant number of dogs ‘at large’. In fact, over 3500 roaming dogs were reported during the past 12 months. Statistics show that there is a strong relationship between dogs ‘at large’ numbers and dog attack numbers.

To ensure community safety and to avoid your dog escaping, conduct a yard check to ensure there are no areas where your dog can get out.  Escaped dogs roaming the streets present a risk to the community.

Dogs escape for many reasons, such as:

     * Inadequate fencing

  • Being left alone for long periods of time and becoming bored and frustrated.
  • Separation anxiety and/or fear of loud noises, thunder and fireworks. Seeking veterinarian advice may assist with separation anxiety.
  • Dogs that are not desexed are more likely to roam.
  • Hyperactive dogs.

Suggested solutions

Common ways of escape How to make your yard 'dog secure'
Dogs revert to digging under fences and houses when they are bored and lonely or when there are thunderstorms and fireworks happening. Bury wire deep down at the base of your fence. Cover with rocks or cement to prevent the dog digging.
Provide your dog with stimulating toys, kongs or a huge bone to keep them entertained while you are away. 
Climbing or jumping fences. Remove all obstacles that are close to or next to the fences so your dog can’t use it as a springboard.
Add extender fences at a 45 degree angle to prevent dogs from climbing or jumping. 
Pushing through rotting timber or squeezing through gaps in fences or forcefully pushing back palings. Check all fence palings, replace where necessary. Ensure there are no gaps around the perimeter of the yard. Use chicken wire at bottom of fencing to middle railing.
Escaping through gates that are not properly latched. Ensure latches and locks on gates and doors are operable and lock securely closed. Replace any faulty locks.
Slipping out between owners or visitors legs when answering a door. If your dog accompanies you to answer the door, pop it on a lead to ensure you have total control.
Alternatively put the dog outside before you answer the door.  
Train your dog to sit/drop and stay while you are answering the door. 

Be proactive

Check your dogs escape routes today. If your dog does escape and is missing, call Geelong Animal Welfare on 03 5248 2091 or contact us.

Page last updated: Friday, 25 September 2020